Reviewed by Alison
Baby, Try to Speak 1 by evokom shows your child a variety of pictures and they push the microphone button to speak the words. If it is correct, the animal smiles and they get a “well done” and if not, they get “oh no.” You can switch from picture to picture using a “swiping motion. The app contains mini games which include: recognize the farm animals, finding the farm animals, discovering the farm animals. This app can also be used to practice early literacy and comprehension as well as recognition skills. In the “recognize the farm animals” game, you are presented with two pictures and need to pick the correct animal picture. You are either presented with the name of the animal or animal sound for the matching. In the “Find the Farm animals game” you are presented with four difficulty levels which sets the number of cards ranging from 1 star (six cards), 2 stars (12 cards), 3 stars (16 cards) 4 stars (20 cards) which requires picture matching of animals.
I liked that the app came in English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Mandrin and Cantonese as well as being able to set voice to either child or adult. Currently there is a button at the top of the screen which provides the animal sound but not the name. A great addition would be to play both the animal sound and the name of the animal after they are successfully matched in the “recognize the farm animals game.” I really liked that the app allowed the user to practice pronunciation – using the built in microphone within my iPad and iPhone. That provided feedback to the user on the pronunciation immediately allowing them to practice with the app.
I’d like to see the buttons at the bottom of the app be disabled if the other apps have not been purchased. An app for children, should not have direct links to the iTunes store. In addition, I’d like to see the “settings” button made a double tap allowing for the parent to change the settings not the child. It would be nice if you could tap on the animal prior to pronouncing it for the first time to hear the correct pronunciation rather than having to tap the ? button.
This app is best suited to toddlers and preschoolers who are working on animal recognition, matching or choosing from a field of objects and object recognition. This is the first of a series of four apps which focus on a similar skill set just with a different variety of animals.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 3.2 or later
Cost: $FREE Baby, Try To Speak 1 – eveokom (112 MB)
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Note: this demo video just shows the images within the app and does not have a voice over
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